The Printed Gift Shop (TPGS), a personalised gift printer, has made its first steps into large-format B2B by installing a Mimaki UCJV300-161 1.6m-wide roll to-roll UV LED printer.
The new brand Printing X will serve the firm’s B2B clients. It will be focusing on sign boards and canvasses as well as its B2C offerings of promotional gifts, tshirt printing, embroidery, and t-shirt printing.
“Whatever our customers want, we can provide it,” said Ravi De Silva Lindamulage, co-owner of TPGS.
The expansion into B2B will help to eliminate seasonal peaks that can be found in consumer-focused work. At the moment, there are three employees. However, during busy periods, three of those people may need to be hired on temporary basis.
Lindamulage said that TPGS is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme and has a physical shop with adjoining production space. This has allowed for a lot of walk-ins.
Lindamulage, along with his wife Achala Wannipuge, founded TPGS together in 2016. Initial production was limited to cushion covers and phone cases using sublimation. A sublimation printer was installed at their home.
The Mimaki UJF-3042FX flatbed printer was their first printer. It was purchased from CMYUK. This set the stage for the installation of UCJV300 in September.
Lindamulage reported that the couple decided to start B2B trading. PrintweekAfter realizing the demand for large-format printing in local businesses, they created a new brand. The company is now able to focus on the business’s core competencies.
Lindamulage predicts that the company will soon have to expand its production space to accommodate any new wide-format machinery.
For now, however, the business, which turns over around £300,000, is happy where it is – the site, he said, “is a really nice place.”